Death Stranding gets even more bizarre with its Game Awards trailer

Matt Sayer 8 December 2017 NEWS


Mads Mikkelsen and Norman Reedus must be having a hell of time trying to figure out just what the heck is going on.

You can't expect to make much sense of anything Hideo Kojima does in the video game space, at least not without spending dozens of hours sticking scrawled notes on chalkboards and tying string between screenshots of the many iterations of Snake from Metal Gear Solid. Still, the latest trailer for Kojima's next project, Death Stranding, takes the creator's trademark absurdity to a whole new level.

Shown off at today's The Game Awards show, the eight-minute trailer begins in the middle of an arid plateau on what might be an alien planet – or at least it looks that way judging by the crashed rover and the sleek bodysuits both Mads Mikkelsen and Norman Reedus are wearing. Yep, Kojima's two favourite celebrities come together for the first time in this trailer, somewhat linking the previous trailers each of their characters received since the game's announcement back at E3 2016.

What starts out as a relatively tame – by Kojima standards – wreck quickly goes all sorts of freaky as enormous handprints appear across the muddy ground, signs of an invisible enemy hunting the duo. Before you know it, a bandaged dead body disintegrates into a shower of golden light, shadow tendrils rise from the ether to consume one of Mads' companions and the whole world starts to float away into the sky – Mads along with it. Then comes that enigmatic baby that's been popping up in all of the Death Stranding promotional material, as Mads uses his last moments of life to hand the capsuled baby off to Norman Reedus for safe-keeping.

For as much as that explains what happened in this new trailer, it does absolutely nothing to explain why any of anything happened. In fact, I'm pretty sure I know less about what Death Stranding is now than I did before watching the trailer, but then again that's pretty much par for the course with Kojima's games, isn't it?

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